Betty Rose (1934 - 2017)

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Betty J. Rose, 83, of Brighton, went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2017, in Fort Collins.

Betty was born to James and Louva (Ruby) Campbell on February 3, 1934, in Fort Lupton. She was first married to Darrell Nichols for 18 years. During that time, they built a home on acreage purchased from Darrell's dad and soon were entrenched in the farming world of the Fourway Church community. They also built a dairy and operated it together as a family. Betty drove a school bus for the Weld County School District for a period of time. Betty's life was busy with raising three children, Wanda, Bill and Debra, spending most of those years in the Fourway Church area of Fort Lupton and Hudson with family and the community.

On Oct. 22, 1970, Betty married Elmer Rose in Rapid City, South Dakota. The lived in Upton, Wyoming, and then later in Buffalo, Wyoming, where they spent 13 years. In those 13 years, Betty and Elmer started and developed numerous business ventures. The ventures ranged from building and running a hotel in Buffalo to new home developments. They also owned two beautiful ranches.

Their passion was raising, breeding and training racehorses on their ranches in Upton and Buffalo. Betty and Elmer moved back to Colorado in 1983 and to Brighton in 1994 where they continued their race horse business along with their real estate.

Betty is survived by a daughter; Wanda Gunkel of Townsend, Montana, a son, Bill (Cheryl) Nichols of Palmer, Alaska; and a daughter, Debra (Kirk) Ratzlaff of Johnstown. She also is survived by a daughter-in-law Bonnie Rose of Nampa, Idaho.

Other survivors include 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Betty was the youngest and the last surviving sibling of two brothers, Dean and Wayne and five sisters, Retha, Ruth, Millie, Ima Jean and Estelene. Betty is also preceded in death by her husband Elmer in 2014, and one son Roy James Nichols.

A loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Betty was a devout Christian who loved the Colorado Rockies baseball team and the Denver Broncos. First and foremost, she gave her life to God and served in his capacity every day.

Funeral services will be held at the Fourway Baptist Church at 9966 Weld County Road 41, Ft. Lupton, at 11 a.m. Friday, July 14. A reception follows at the church and concludes with interment at Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville.
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Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-0112
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Published in Commerce City Sentinel Express on July 18, 2017